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Dec
19
2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

If you were one of the dozen or so people who found themselves inexplicably drawn to Steven Bochco’s HBO series “John From Cincinnati,” you understand what happened to the Pontiac Solstice Coupe.

Dec
17
Which is longer?

Can you tell which of these vehicles is longer?

Based on reader comments, we made our first “Which Cars are Longer?” quiz a little too easy. This one is tougher. Tougher, because the pairs of cars presented below are a little more closely matched in length than those in the first quiz. If you haven’t taken the first quiz yet, go ahead and do so now. As always, let us know how you do.

Dec
15
1979 Ford Pinto Rallye

The Rallye Pack was one of three option packages that allowed buyers to dress up their 1979-1980 Ford Pintos.

A popular piece of career advice is to dress for the job you want, not the one you have. So, if you’re the associate assistant manager but you want to be the assistant manager, you probably want to show up for work in a tie and possibly a jacket, even (perhaps especially) if your peers aren’t doing so.

Dec
09
1973 Oldsmobile 98

Stretching 230.3 inches stem-to-stern, the Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight ranks 3rd on our list of the longest sedans of 1973.

As a follow up to our Hard to Park: The Longest Cars of 1975 blog post, we looked back two years further, to 1973. As it turns out, the average car on our 1973 list is almost an inch and a half shorter than those on our ’75 list (231.4 inches versus 232.9), but the longest single car is a ’73 model.

Dec
05

2010 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

I have very clear memories of discussing the Y2K threat with a buddy during the waning months of 1999. So clear, in fact, that I find it difficult to accept that 15 years have passed since the media freakout over what proved to be a non-event.

Dec
03
Pogue Carburetor

The Air Flow Needle didn’t actually do much. We’ve got five ideas here that will actually make your car or truck more fuel efficient.

Most gas-saving tips seem to focus on the things that drivers can do to eke a few more miles out of a tank of gas. Driving slower, driving less aggressively, avoiding prolonged periods of idling…we’ve all heard this stuff before.

If it’s your car that’s sucking up all the gas, why should you have to modify your behavior—what about the car itself?

Dec
01
1986 Ford Mustang SVO

With 205 horsepower on tap, the Ford Mustang SVO tied for 3rd place on our list of powerful cars.

What a difference a few years can make. We recently posted the “5 Most-Powerful American Cars of 1980,” a collection of rides boasting, on average, 199 horsepower. It’s worth noting that every vehicle on the list was carbureted. Jump ahead six model years…

Nov
25
1980 Plymouth Volare

1980 was the last year for Plymouth’s “compact” Volaré.

I think it’s fairly typical of people to group memories into convenient categories. Most people probably look back at their lives thus far and see periods of time easily identified by markers such as childhood, high school, post-acne, and marriage—or something akin to that. But, our memories can play tricks on us.

Nov
21
1978 Ford LTD II Brougham

At $5508, the 1978 Ford LTD II Brougham is the 3rd-priciest sedan on our list.

Somewhere between mainstream and luxury lies the murky no-man’s land often referred to as “near luxury.” In the auto world, the near-luxury tag has been applied to such semi-premium brands as Acura and Volvo. More recently, Buick has again ascended into the near-premium domain, offering products that skirt pricewise just under those offered by the likes of Lexus.

Nov
20
1965 Buick Riviera

How many Buick model names can you find?

This time we made it hard, or at least tried to. Buried in the provided grid are the following:

30 Classic and contemporary Buick model names

2 Model names that appears twice

5 Varieties of cheese

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